The upcoming Mahindra Scorpio has been spotted testing for quite some time now. From time to time we have bought you the car’s latest development news. From it being tested in various conditions, peeking under the camouflage cover to get design clues and now we know more about its interior. Thanks to our subscriber, Mr. Hrishi Gholap from Chakan, we have exclusive pictures of the car from the inside. The Mahindra Scorpio seen here looks ready for production and has a completely refreshed interior. Let’s talk below more about it.
Mahindra Scorpio Interior layout
As we can see, the car’s dashboard is all new. One can find some cues in the design language of the old Mahindra Scorpio but this layout looks more chunkier and the lines are far better pronounced. We have the center console dominated by the big touchscreen (we can’t be sure of the size, but by judging the size of the cabin, this unit will be close to a 10-inch display). It is flanked on either side by vertical A.C vents. Below it we have – media controls, air conditioning switches in which case our reader has told us that it is a dual-zone climate control unit. Below that there are – upfitter switches that have been taken from the Mahindra Thar. These include car key reminder, hazard lamp, seatbelt warning for the driver and passenger, plus a button for 360 degree camera.
Below that we have our center console. Let’s start with the storage space found here. It includes a 12-volt socket, a normal USB port and a fast charger. Coming behind that we can see, being tested here is the automatic variant of the Scorpio. Our reader said that this was paired to the diesel engine on test. The center of the console looks premium and unlike the old Scorpio, it actually divides the front cabin in two halves. Behind the gear shifter, we can see a big dial. This, according to our reader, housed the off-road driving modes like mud and snow and also had buttons for hill descent, four-high and four-low for the four-wheel-drive system. The car center console culminates in a huge armrest. On edge of the drives seat we can also see the regular handbrake.
We are told that the car’s second and third row also gets a charging port and a 12-volt socket.
Mahindra Scorpio Features and functions
With the interior explained. We can now talk about the touchscreen. As mentioned above and as you can see in the images, this unit is brand new. We can see the display with Radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mentioned. The touchscreen on this unit was otherwise not functioning. Mentioned by our reader the instrument cluster has got a cool start up graphic and many new information displays. The rest of it is a traditional instrument cluster with a speedometer and R.P.M gauge. We can also see the tell-tale lights for the traction control system, the small graphic on the bottom that shows the position of the gear, in this case – D for drive.
Coming to the steering wheel itself, it’s new and gets media controls including a voice assist switch. The car gets cruise control functions on the other side. The stocks behind the steering wheel for the headlights and wipers are taken from the XUV300. The buttons for the sunroof two have been taken from the XUV300. The wipers are aero-twin blades two. The last thing here is that the car will get keyless push button start and engine start stop. Has Mahindra worked more on the old Scorpio with its Micro-Hybrid function and engine start stop? We will have to wait to find out more.
Exteriors and Specifications
On the outside, the car does look bigger now and more proportionate plus we now know that it will get all four disc brakes and the Mahindra Scorpio headlights will be dual projector LEDs both for high beam aand low beam. A new grille is also going to be added. We could not spot any new badges or design language cues for now.
The Scorpio is going to come with Mahindra’s 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 2.2-litre diesel unit. Both will come with manual and automatic gearboxes. The diesel as we have seen here will be available with 4WD (4×4, four-wheel drive). Will Mahindra give the petrol drivetrain of the Mahindra Scorpio a 4WD transfer box? We don’t know yet. The Thar and the Scorpio will share the same engine, gearboxes and be made on the same platform. The Scorpio will get more overall variants than the Thar.
Pricing of the Mahindra Scorpio should start somewhere close to Rs 12 lakhs to Rs 22 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). This will make the Scorpio a very tough competitor for cars like the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos. Currently there have been reports about the launch being delayed to 2022. We suspect the shortage of the microchips is taking a toll on manufacturing and production of the car. Till then stay tuned for more.
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